It started in Scotia.

In 1923 a group of local businessmen decided that the time had come for the Village of Scotia to open its own bank and formed the Glenville Bank. The staff was comprised of three employees, and cash had to be taken across the covered bridge to Schenectady each night for storage in a vault.

Image of: The Glenville Bank, est. November 19, 1923

Moving down the Avenue

The bank had barely begun to operate when the need for larger quarters became obvious and operations were moved to a new building. Thanks to the building expansion, we were able to introduce “auto banking” with the areas first drive up window in 1953.

Image of: Teller window, January 5, 1925

Growth and a New Name

By 1956 additional branches were added and the bank’s name officially changed to 1st National Bank of Scotia. Today, we continue to focus on the needs of our community and remain independently owned and operated.

Image of: Original teller line